Eastern region is rocked by shelling as British expats vow to ‘fight like devils’
Source: Daily Mail
Russian armoured tanks painted with a letter ‘Z’ and huge convoys are moving towards the Ukraine border – as the eastern region is rocked by shelling and British expats have vowed to ‘fight like devils’.
It is suspected the markings have been allocated for specific roles amid rising tensions over an imminent invasion, with footage showing the letters sprayed on tanks, self-propelled guns, fuel trucks and supply vehicles.
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Independent Russian Telegram channel Hunter’s Notes, which closely monitors military movements, said ‘all equipment [marked with “Z”] was seen near Kursk and in the Shebekino region of Belgorod’ on the border with Ukraine.
Around 200 military vehicles were spotted in the area, as ‘Z’ markings were ‘applied hastily’, with the channel suggesting ‘we are dealing with a certain group of troops that has its own tasks and plans for the near future’.
It comes as explosions shook eastern Ukraine late on Saturday, after the NATO chief warned the signals coming out of Russia suggest that Moscow is readying for a ‘full-fledged attack’.
Multiple explosions could be heard late on Saturday and early on Sunday in the centre of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to a Reuters reporter.
Civilians were evacuated from increasingly barraged front line regions, where Kyiv said two of its soldiers had died in an attack yesterday – the first fatalities in the conflict for more than a month.
But one British expat said he was part of a small community ready to help armed resistance volunteers and ‘fight like devils’ in the event of an invasion.
He told the BBC: ‘We are here, we are ready to fight and we will fight like devils, I tell you. There is a small expat community here but we will join with our Ukrainian partners, our Ukrainian friends and Ukrainian family.’
French President Emmanuel Macron will call Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Sunday to try to avert what Western powers predict will be an imminent invasion.